2022 NHL draft live updates

The 2022 NHL Draft is finally here! From the first round (Thursday, ESPN), through to pick #225, this page will be your home for tracking each pick, including team fit notes for the 32 players picked in the first round by Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski.

The first night of the draft got off to an exciting start when the Ottawa Senators acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from the Chicago Blackhawks for the No. 7 pick, No. 39 pick and a 2024 third-round pick.

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Team: TPS (FINLAND) | Rank: INTS1
Date of birth: 03/30/2004 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 218 | Shot: L
Statistics: family doctor: 31 | G: 5 | A: 5

How it fits: Shane Wright was the de facto No. 1 for years prior to this draft. Fans of teams looking for tanks tweeted #PainForShane. But in the end it is the Slovakian winger who leads the standings. The 6-3 winger made a spectacular impression at the Beijing Winter Olympics and the World Championships in international play. Despite his size, he won’t run over anyone; It’s his speed that makes him exceptional. This is a selection of what Juraj Slafkovsky can become, not what he is. As one draft observer recently told me, he has “all the tools without the toolbox” at the moment. But his ceiling is high – high enough, it seems, for Canadians to decide not to do the Wright thing. — Vyshynski


Team: Nitra (SLOVAKIA) | Rank: INTS3
Date of birth: 02/15/2004 | Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190 | Shot: R
Statistics: family doctor: 39 | G: 1 | A: 25

How it fits: After Slafkovsky was off the board, the Devils passed centers Shane Wright and Logan Cooley to pick puck-moving defenseman Nemec. Those are consecutive Slovakians in the top 2 picks, and they were 2022 Olympic teammates. Nemec is a right-handed defender who was considered one of the “plug-and-play” options in the top 10 due to his NHL readiness . He had six points in eight games at the World Cup and played three seasons as a professional in Slovakia. This is the fourth time in the past five years that the Devils have drafted a defenseman in the first round, following Luke Hughes (2021), Shakir Mukhamadullin (2020) and Ty Smith (2018). With Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier and Dawson Mercer, the Devils may have felt like they took center stage. They solidify the back end with Nemec joining young defender and star Dougie Hamilton. — Vyshynski


Team: US U-18 (NTDP) | Rank: NAS2
Date of birth: 4.5.2004 | Height: 5-10 | Weight: 174 | Shot: L
Statistics: family doctor: 51 | G: 27 | A: 48

How it fits: The Coyotes had their choice between centers Shane Wright and Logan Cooley. They chose the USA Hockey National Team Development Program product in Cooley as Wright continued to crash. In the past, Cooley’s 5-10 frame may have been a hindrance. Not in today’s NHL. The powerful two-way center cites Patrick Kane as an inspiration for his game but admits he needs to work on his long-range shooting to reach that level of goalscoring. The Coyotes need…well, everything. With Cooley they get a player who, according to many scouts, is more offensively upside down than Wright. He had 75 points in 51 games this season. — Vyshynsky


Team: Kingston (OHL) | Rank: NAS1
Date of birth: 01/05/2004 | Height: 6-0 | Weight: 191 | Shot: R
Statistics: family doctor: 63 | G: 32 | A: 62

How it fits: Wright’s slip to fourth place must have felt excruciating. For years, the center of the Kingston Frontenacs was predicted to be the top prospect of this design. He was only the sixth player ever to be awarded exceptional status in the OHL, scoring 39 goals and 66 points in 58 games as a 15-year-old freshman en route to Rookie of the Year.

After the COVID-19 pandemic cost him the entire 2020-21 season, he returned in 2021-22 with an underwhelming start, scoring just 22 points in 19 games. He finished strong with 94 points in 63 games, but many scouts predicted (correctly) that Wright had opened the door for others to see him as the consensus No. 1 to drop off. That’s exactly what happened. New Jersey was number 2 and didn’t need another center; Arizona went 3rd with another center.

The Kraken eventually pulled Wright off the board. While not a generational talent, Wright has the potential to become a #1 center. At 6-0 and 191 pounds, Wright is of good height and a strong skater who is impressively elusive with his speed at pounding defenders to pucks. Add to that an excellent hockey feel, great playmaking skills and a finish around the net.

Undoubtedly, his slip on the draft board will motivate Wright as he makes it to the NHL. And he’s probably closer to NHL readiness than most No. 4 picks. That’s good news for the Kraken expansion, which Wright can make a centerpiece of the franchise. — Shilton


Team: US U-18 (NTDP) | Rank: NAS3
Date of birth: 01/19/2004 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 189 | Shot: L
Statistics: family doctor: 54 | G: 34 | A: 31

How it fits: Finally some predictability! Gauthier was entered here in most mock drafts for the Flyers. He’s a 6-2 forward with incredible shooting ability who played with Logan Cooley on the development team. He drives the net well. He’s no slouch on defense and knows how to use his physique to win puck fights on the boards. Also, his name is “Cutter” and he’s a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, which for some reason just seems perfect. — Vyshynsky


Team: Pilsen (CZREP) | Rank: INTS4
Date of birth: 11/28/2003 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 189 | Shot: R
Statistics: family doctor: 29 | G: 5 | A: 6

How it fits: Columbus must be happy that Jiricek fell to them in 6th place. Some scouts considered him the best defenseman in this draft class, even above Nemec. Jiricek is another great right-footed defender with a powerful shot and a physical advantage. The 18-year-old also has offensive potential, with five goals and 11 points in 29 games for Plzen HC last season. The Blue Jackets back end has needed a facelift since Seth Jones was lost in a trade prior to last year’s draft – and ironically, Columbus used one of the picks he acquired that move to bring in Jiriceck, who will become a cornerstone of the Blue Line could . — Shilton


Team: Seattle (WHL) | Rank: NAS7
Date of birth: 21.6.2004 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 | Shot: L
Statistics: family doctor: 67 | G: 4 | A: 61


Team: Rögle (SWEDEN) | Rank: INTS5
Date of birth: 4/8/2004 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 183 | Shot: L
Statistics: family doctor: 46 | G: 7 | A: 4


Team: Winnipeg (WHL) | Rank: NAS4
Date of birth: 1/1/2004 | Height: 5-9 | Weight: 175 | Shot: R
Statistics: family doctor: 65 | G: 35 | A: 55 2022 NHL draft live updates

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